Humanities (Geography and History)
Pupils follow the National Curriculum guidelines for the content of the Humanities programme.
In Geography, pupils are taught to follow directions using Geographical terms – east, west, north, south and more involved compass bearings. They become adept at using co-ordinates, signs and symbols and map keys and will experience following a route, locating their own position and identifying features on aerial views and ordnance maps.
Besides these practical skills, pupils will study the effects of human occupation on their area and why it has been developed in the way that it has. They will look at land usage, which will involve communication, natural & man-made waterways, the development of the landscape and the effect of weathering. Observing and recording of weather and the use of simple measuring devices will be covered. Environments, eco-systems and man’s influence will come into Geography but permeates attitudes throughout the Curriculum, both formal and `hidden’, at Luston School.
In History, children develop an awareness of the past and that past events have causes and consequences. They will use time-lines to give them an idea of chronology and time spans in relation to their own short life span. Study Units covered in Key Stage 2 include local studies as well as ancient civilisations, British and foreign and more modern history.
Educational visits to places relevant to their studies help to bring these subjects to life. Much cross-curricular work is carried out as a result, with increasing skills developing in researching periods, people and places. Libraries and Archivists provide experiences first hand where appropriate. Local history and geography are high on the priority list.